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just moments away, a d.c. teacher accused of sex abuse. a local campus is buzzing. >> health-care overhaul is on wife support. democrats are starting to scale back. >> we are on storm watch. willoughby rain, snow, ice packs we will find out. -- will it be rain, snow, ice packs captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. happy thursday. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> let's start with adam caskey and find out what will be hitting us, the dreaded wintry mix. >> the dreaded next later on this evening and into the
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morning. it may gently affect the evening commute tonight. let's get to the maps. there is a winter storm which out west in parts of the shenandoah valley. it does include madison and points west word. that is where we could see real accumulations. that is on the order of four or 5 inches of sleet out west. temperature-wise, we are mainly in the 30's. temperatures or rise to about 40 today. light rain and a little bit of sleet into the midday tomorrow. minor slushy accumulations. southern maryland, just a cold rain. along the blue ridge, we should see sleet and snow and some
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freezing rain. this may affect us tomorrow morning. >> ok. to help your plan your commute, i will show you everything is clean and dry and passable and no issues to report. this is 270 traffic. notice the headlights southbound. it is moving smoothly all the way to the beltway. northbound traffic on the left side of your screen. 66 is off to a good run. quiet on 95 and good on the baltimore-washington parkway. now to alison and doug. >> thank you. sex abuse allegations against a teacher at a prestigious d.c. school. >> for man worked at sidwell friends school. he has since been fired. -- the man worked at sidwell friends school.
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>> the alleged sexual misconduct with a minor did not take place on campus. for this community, these allegations are certainly shocking. sidwell friends school seems a secure environment. president obama's oldest daughter attends classes. one of the teachers faces sexual offense charges. >> i am very surprised. >> jennifer lisner hall robert peterson, the man who was put on leave -- jennifer lives near robert peterson. >> it does not seem to be in his character to do something like that. >> she said she didn't know he was no longer teaching at sid well. he taught social studies and director did slip away camp. -- she said she did not know he
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was no longer teaching at sidwell friends. >> i know he has been there for many years. i just assumed it has been a secure, safe place. >> the school is not saying whether peterson had any contact with president obama's daughters, however the school will be providing extra counseling. >> thank you. also today, we're learning more about the man accused of shooting and killing eight people in appomattox. police say his victims included his sister and brother-in-law, two other adults, three teenagers, and a four-rowe boy. christopher speight surrendered to police yesterday. now to the latest on the earthquake in haiti.
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help is still pouring in. the hospital ship comfort is now trading some victims. makeshift hospitals are still overwhelmed. aid workers are still having trouble getting aid and water to desperate survivors. dave virginia couple is trying to adopt a boycott -- a virginia couple is trying to adopt a boy from haiti. >> they're telling us to do one thing and then something else. >> the couple are in haiti right now and hope to take the boy with them when they leave this weekend. they say the haitian government has been helpful but the u.s. government has been delaying the adoption process. president obama is expected to outline new regulations aimed at preventing another financial
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meltdown. the proposed regulations will give the government new powers to limit the size and complexity of large financial institutions. there will limit the institution's ability to engage in high-risk trades. we turn to the latest on health care reform. president obama says congress should not try to pass the bill before massachusetts senator elect scott brown takes office. democrats may have to scale back reform efforts to keep part of the bill alive. congress needs to pass legislation preventing companies from taking advantage of patients. a memorial service will be held for a local sportscasting legend. george michael died on christmas eve after his battle with leukemia. he was 70 years old. the service will be a
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celebration of his life. it gets underway at 11:00 a.m.. 34 degrees. >> the rush to restore power in one part of prince george's county. >> a new way to pay those pricey meter fees that will not have you digging for change. >> we are waiting for next winter storm. you're w
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cooler north of the metro area. we have clear skies. temperatures locally in the 30's. north of the matter in the upper 20's. frederick is the cold exception at 21. a wintry mix is moving on this evening. most of the accumulation will be along and west of the blue ridge, were several inches of snow and sleet could come down. southern maryland is expecting rain with some light slush
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anticipated by tomorrow morning. >> anticipate a beautiful ride right now as far as interstate travel. all clear to the airport for you. overnight construction has been moved out of the way. if you take the beltway, it looks great at new hampshire avenue. good at bethesda. quiet near fedex field and to the wilson bridge. this is i-395. traffic on the right is heading north to the pentagon and it is moving at speed. >> thank you. parking meters might soon to more than eight quarters. ddot is installing 50 meters that take credit cards as well as points. it is part of a three-month pilot program. the new meters are solar- powered. they are being installed in five locations throughout the city.
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>> how many times do you park and need to find change the tax 5:12. >> more and more people are logging on for the latest news. one paper is saying it is time to pay up. >>, one neighbor stranded by a power outage.
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. in our top stories, a teacher at the private school present obama's daughters attend has been fired. robert peterson allegedly had
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inappropriate contact with a minor off campus in 2008 and 2009. he had been on leave since the start of the school year. >> the haitian government now says at least 200,000 people have died. some 80,000 people have been buried in mass graves. at least 2 million people have been left homeless. >> robert gates has arrived in pakistan. he will meet with leaders to discuss the new u.s. strategy. there will also talk about the latest offensive. 5:15. the lights are back on it in one part of southern prince george's county. a dump truck crashed into an electrical tower. the tower is making life difficult for people who live
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nearby because it is blocking the only road in and out of town. matt brock has the story. >> no one here could have imagined this. only the power lines of this steel tower. it is suspended above eagle harbor road. >> they're talking another 16 hours. >> residence of the nearby towns are trapped in their homes. this two-lane road is the only way in and the only way out. >> generator and a kerosene heater. my house is all electric. >> cold air? >> a little bit. >> this dump truck did it. >> i think it is a disaster. >> it is not clear when things will return to normal. >> nobody can get in and nobody
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can get out. everybody has jobs. we need to get there. 5:17. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> that was one big traffic problem. let's check in with lisa baden to see if there are any other issues. >> it looks fabulous. we have multiple options as far as interstate travel. everything is clean and green in and out of the district. we will give you the green light between richmond and baltimore. 270 is wonderful. it is moving at speed towards the beltway. we move on to the weather center. >> we are still anticipating a wintry mix later on this weekend and into tomorrow morning. there's not much concern for the metro area.
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in looks more of a cold rain with some sleet mixed in and maybe some slushy frosting. that looks like that will be it. all this moisture will continue to push rthward before it makes it to the metro area. an area of low pressure is the cause of this and it will develop even further and it will gain some strength. it winter storm watch later this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon for these counties shaded in the bright blue. that is the main concern. we could see real accumulations out there on the order of several inches of snow and sleet and maybe a layer of freezing rain. late afternoon, we will see the next begin. rain changing over to sleet and
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snow. here's a map. southern maryland, a rain this evening all the way through tomorrow. locally, minor accumulations and some rain and sleet. then out west, we could see almost 5 inches of snow on top with a layer of ice. pfennig rainstorm -- than a rainstorm anticipated on sunday. >> thank you. "the new york times" tells readers to pay up. eric horng has more. >> youtube takes aim at apple and netflix. it is getting in to the movie rental service. there will test with five movies that will cost $3.99 each and you'll have 48 hours to watch
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them. "the new york times" plans to charge readers to have access to its web site. readers can click on is certain number of articles each month before the fees kick in. this decision could clear the way for others to start charging for access to their sites. microsoft is releasing a security patch to fix a halt in internet explorer. people using automatic updates will get the patch when it is released. the patch will be available around 1:00 p.m. eastern time. tetris is now a best-selling mobile game of all time. the game took off in 1989 with one of the first mobile gaming consuls.
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if you're not a natural at games, it may have something to do with the size of your brain. the can look at the size of three specific parts inside your brain. maybe it is not just practice that makes perfect. for more information, log onto the tech page at abcnews.com. those are your tech bytes. eric horng. >> more stuff going on. more cylinders firing away. 33 degrees. >> the wizards are on the verge of their first three-game winning streak. it came down to caron butler's last-second shot. " later on "oprah," an addicted to food, drugs, alcohol. this could be their last chance.
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good morning. the georgetown hoyas picked themselves off the mat after the loss to villanova and beat the panthers. let's go back to pittsburgh. there re held scoreless for more than four minutes in the second half. chris wright ended with 27 points. aureus get a big win on the road, 74-66. the wizards played a tie went
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last night. 47 seconds to play. mavs up four. one-point game. they need a stop. under 10 seconds to play. brendan haywood gets the charge. turnover. the wizards have a chance to win it. six seconds, two seconds. caron butler for the win. the wizards lose 94-93. have a great day. >> so close. let's get the latest news in business from a with linda bell live from new york. >> good morning. president obama is going at the jugular when it comes to dealing with the biggest banks. officials say president obama plan to propose limits on the size and trading activities financial institutions. it is something called
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proprietary trading, the trading banks do for their own benefit. the president wants to put limits on that. the announcement is scheduled for later this morning. as for trading, take a look at stock index futures, indicating losses at the opening bell. ebay reported quarterly profits that topped estimates. starbucks is boosting its profit forecast after posting first- quarter profits that beat estimates. i do not know if you are a fan of starbucks, but the company was helped by the introduction of new products, including instant coffee. that is your business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i am linda bell. doug and alison, back to you. >> i have yet to traffic instant coffee. >> it is pretty good. we are fans of kathleen.
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>> i am, too. soda is my guilty pleasu. >> the more the merrier. -- we are fans of caffeine. shocking allegations against a teacher at a prestigious washington school. we will have a live report. >> using an unlikely location in the effort to help haiti. i will have those details coming up. >> i will allow the latest regarding our wintry mix that is headin
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>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side.
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good morning, washington. thank you so much for joining us. i'm alison starling. >> and i'm doug mckelway. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. we have this wintry mix. always tough to call. >> especially when you get all types of precipitation. that is the situation right now. i am not concerned locally. southern maryland, it is looking like rain. we're concerned out west, out near the blue ridge. we could see some freezing rain and several inches of snow and sleet together. highs near 40 degrees. locally, mainly just a frosting by tomorrow morning. in terms of accumulations, here is what we're talking about. less than an inch locally.
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possibly 2 to 5 inches of snow west of the blue ridge. these numbers are subject to change. >> things always change on the highways. right now, 270 has a growing volume of traffic to get into montgomery county. 50, 26, 340, all in your favo a crash just reported on the inner loop of the exit for andrews airforce base on your way toward allentown road and branch avenue. traffic is moving nicely at the american legion bridge. now to the news desk. >> thank you. shocking allegations against a teacher at one of washington's most prestigious schools. >> sidwell friends fired a teacher after he was accused of sex abuse. cordcourtney robinson has more.
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>> president obama's oldest daughter attends class here. his youngest daughter is in the third grade. school administrations are clement this teacher had inappropriate contact with a minor. they said it happened off campus last year. the teacher has been identified as robert peterson, a social studies teacher who directs the slip away camp on maryland's eastern shore. we tried contacting peterson at his home but we did not hear back from him. people did not realize sidwell friends had placed peterson on leave before the start of the school year. that is according to published reports that they fired him last thursday, a week ago. he has not been allowed on campus since he has been placed
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on leave. in an e-mail to staff and the school community, the president is saying they will have extra counseling on hand to assist students, faculty, and family members. >> courtney robinson, thank you. the man accused of killing eight people is being held without bond. his victims include his sister and own brother-in-law. two teenagers and 84 tester earl boykins were also killed. christopher speight surrendered yesterday. police searched for the killer of an arlington man. friends have raised about $25,000 to be offered for information leading to an arrest. the body was found last month.
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he had been stabbed. more help arrives in haiti every day, but teams say it is still not enough. hope is fading fast for victims still trapped in the rubble. the haitian government is now up. the total number of people who are homeless. philip stewart is live with more. this is a race against the clock. >> that number is now up to 2 million. the u.s. is preparing tents at guantanamo bay. we understand there are an atenough tents to handle 10,000 refugees. this 5-year-old boy is the latest, nearly unbelievable story of survival.
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he was pulled out more than a week after the quake. >> no apparent injuries whatsoever. >> he is one of the lucky ones. for so many others, doctors are blackfeet supplies and resources they desperately need. >> more. >> i do not know why somebody cannot put up a generator. >> some relief is coming from the comfort. there are 40 beds in the e.r. alone and five operating rooms are up and running. it is overwhelming. >> i have never seen anything like this. " there are concerns this morning that the comfort could quickly filled to capacity. there are roughly 20 facilities in the u.s. will into accept
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patients. right now, officials are talking with other countries about opening their hospitals as well. the challenge is getting the people in need to those hospitals. >> and every little bit helps. thank you so much. president obama donated $15,000 toward the relief efforts. ongoing rainstorms have forced hundreds of california residents from their home. they werevacuated because of fears the rain could trigger mudslides. the storms are being blamed on two deaths. they have seen several inches of rain since the storms began on monday. scott brown is making his first visit to washington. he will meet with the congressional delegation. democrats are trying to figure
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out how to do what ever comes next. he will be the 41st republican senator. his vote has the potential to block the rest of president obama's agenda including health care and climate change legislation. the senate armed services committee will hear from the leaders of the pentagon investigation into the november massacre that left 13 people dead. there werconcernsver major nidal hasan's performance. there was a hearing on a report yesterday. americans are more likely to be prejudiced against muslims and people of other faiths. this is a far higher than the number biased thejewagainst jewa
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muslims. mega millions lottery tickets will soon be on sale in the district. right now, 12 states sell mega millions tickets. tickets are $1 each. 5:38. >> conan o'brien gets ready to say goodbye. we will tell you who he has lined up for his last "tonight show." >> i am matt brock live at aquasco, maryland. the tower is still leading. i will explain how it got that way, coming up. >> your traffic and weather every 10 minutes.
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>> hello. i am kimberly jones here at the national gallery of art. these and many other masterpieces will be featured in a special exhibition at the national gallery of art. good morning, washington. 5:41. welcome back. 33 degrees in arlington. 27 in martinsburg. 33 down in stafford.
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south of town, a little bit warmer. we will start today with some sunshine leading to added clouds. that will lead to a wintry mix. the impact locally should be minimal. west of the blue ridge, we're anticipating light icing anticipating sleet and snow. and then sunshine by saturday. >> we have a nice ride in virginia. 66, 95, up 395. there is a crash after branch avenue. the two right lanes are closed. alison and doug. >> thank you. your time is 5:42. >> another recall parents need to know about. >> big developments in the case against roman polanski. >> big developments in the case against roman polanski.
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. checking our top stories. a teacher at the private school present obama's daughters attend has been fired. robert peterson is accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor off campus. he taught seventh and eighth grade. he had been on leave since the start of the school year. >> authorities say 2 million people have been left homeless by the earthquake in haiti. they also say 200,000 people have been killed. tents have been set up at guantanamo bay. >> lawyers for roman polanski
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will ask a judge to sentence him in absentia to time served. he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. he is curly being held under house arrest in switzerland. rescue crews are trying to support a tower that is blocking the only road in and out of a prince george's county neighborhood. a dump truck crashed into the tower. matt brock joins us now. it passed to be a huge headache. -- it passed to be a huge headache. >> they have opened the road underneath. take a look at this. you can see the vehicle, a school bus is getting through under the tower. traffic is getting through. the crane is holding up the tower and the wires.
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let's show you some video and i will tell you how the tower got that way. still wedged at the bottom is the dump truck that knocked the tower off of its legs. it happened yesterday. the truck driver is not hurt. it is not clear if he will be facing charges. apparently, he lost control of the truck. it knocked out power to about 50 homes. here is the power plant owned by pepco. they knocked out the power restored it overnight. folks were without power and without heat and in some cases without water. they have reason to be relieved this morning because all that has been restored. the big question, how do they get that back off. the dump truck is still sitting
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at the base under the legs. the crane is the only thing holding it up. matt brock, abc 7 news. >> the driver is lucky he was not in electrocuted. >> we were talking about that. if i were the truck driver, do you stay in the truck? do you get out? it would be a confusing situation. he is lucky he was not heard or crushed. >> indeed. thank you. the search for new metro general manager is expected to take six to nine months. board members say they were surprised by the decision of john catoe to resign. it will be a big search for his replacement. 19 rest stops will soon be open. the board voted to reopen them. bob mcdonnell says having them
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closed since a bad signal to businesses considering locations in virginia. graco is recalling 1.5 million strollers. there have been seven reports of thinkers pling it their fingers in the canopy hinge and five children have their fingers severed. they have to brand name passage, alano, and spree. g you graco -- you can contact graco to receive a free protective cover. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> things are about to get interesting. >> it should not be a big deal around here. it is near the blue ridge where we will see the greatest impact. mainly it's some obsolesleet and
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snow, several inches possible out west. i will be tonight and into the midday tomorrow. >> so in the metro area -- >> just a little bit of slush. we will be above freezing. we will have minor accumulations of locally. temperature-wise, notice it is cooler to the north than for the south. clear skies, temperatures dropped at night. 21 in frederick. 34 in fairfax. culpeper, at 35. montrose, 39. here is the area of greatest concern. the counties shaded in blue off to the west. the watch takes effect later this evening and lasts all the way through friday afternoon. not a bad day today. we will start the day with sunshine. high temperatures will make it to the low 40's where we will
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have the most sunshine. this evening, pay a little before and especially during the evening commute, south of the metro area, that is where the precipitouation will move into town. off to the west, mainly sleet and snow. we're talking just rain in southern maryland. two to five inches cannot be ruled out by midday tomorrow. icing around here, less than an inch. not a big deal. it should be a low impact. lo>> we have a wreck on the beltway on the inner loop after branch two avenue branch lanes are closed. beautiful on 270.
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we are live at democracy boulevard. plenty of headlights north on 95. this is live out of singfield. delays begin after the big potomac mills signed. back inside. >> thank you. 5:53, 33 - hi. - hi. okay if we look around? sure. you thinking weights, ellipticals, yoga? uh, we're looking to... up our game. we can do that. let's take a walk through.
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all signs are pointing to tomorrow being the swan song for
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"the tonight show" with conan o'brien. >> some papers -- this story is everywhere. this story is saying i am prohibited about saying anything bad about nbc. for example, i am not allowed to say things like, nbc is heading downhill faster than a t guy chasing a cheesed will. >> negotiations are expected to wrap up today. the remaing hurdle is compensation for the 200 members of this stuff. the proposed deal would allow him to start working at another network as early as this fall. jay leno will return as host of "the to nigel." >> he has a 200-person staff. imagine. wouldn't that be nice? we have a lot more still to come in our second hour.
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>> the white house party crashers kept their promise to lawmakers, but it was not want lawmakers wanted to hear. >> a teacher at this prominent washington school was fired after allegations that he engaged in inappropriate contact with a minor. what administrators are saying. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute.
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coming up, a d.c. teacher accused of sex abuse. we will tell you about the crime. >> how your contributions can help save children in haiti. >> but first, we are on storm watch. another round of wintry weather creeps toward the capital. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. 6:00 on this thursday. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. thank you so much for joining us. things are about to get interesting. >> it depends on where you live. let's check in with adam caskey. >> location, loca